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For Honesty in Stamp Collecting

By October 29, 2012

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A situation has presented itself to the philatelic world, through an individual who was caught with his hand in the cookie jar. I find this turn of events very sad. I've never met the individual who has recently been taken to task for his actions by a disciplinary body of a large philatelic organization. I have seen his many contributions to the stamp collecting world via online sites and through his work with stamp shows, making his malfeasance even more shocking.

The reason this is sad is because we put faith in those in visible and influential positions, so that when one of them falls -- for whatever reason -- they fall hard. For those fighting the good fight, i.e., making sure philately has a foundation of honesty and fairness, every fall, be it an auction house that creates fakes by regumming or reperfing its stamps; a dealer who offers known fakes as genuine philatelic items; a kitchen table dealer who fudges a description in his favor on eBay, or any other number of dishonest situations, these things chip away at that foundation, making the entire house of stamps a less stable place to take up residence.

Remember that fact the next time you think a little misrepresentation in your stamp dealings wouldn't hurt. Because what starts small can grow into a very big problem that you will find very hard to solve.


October 29, 2012 at 2:03 am
(1) Dave says:

I don’t know who this is, but it’s irrelevant. Being honest in everything you do is a basic tenet of life. Defrauding people you make a living from is a gross insult, and deserves to be condemned

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